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Okemo, Gichuru survive extradition to Jersey in money laundering case

25 January 2016, 20:55

Nairobi - The state will not begin the process of extraditing former Finance minister Chris Okemo over money laundering pending the hearing of his appeal.

The Star reports that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has undertaken not to push for the extradition of the former Minister and ex-Kenya Power and Lighting Company Managing Director Samuel Gichuru before an appeal filed by the duo is heard and determined.

The two, through their lawyer Fred Ngatia sought to stop any proceedings in regard to their extradition from going ahead pending the outcome of their appeal.

Ngatia sought the orders after High Court Justice Isaac Lenaola’s dismissed a petition challenging the legality of their extradition to Jersey.

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On the other hand, Capital News in a similar reports stated that Justice Lenaola dismissed the petition on the grounds that the there were no constitutional matters for the court to determine and that the question of their extradition was the preserve of the criminal court.

Okemo and Gichuru are accused of abuse of their respective offices by using proxy companies to squander public funds over 10 years ago, according to documents sent to the Kenyan government by the bailiff and Chief Justice of the Island of Jersey, Channel Islands.

They are accused of having received bribes amounting to KES 902 million from international companies between 1999 and 2002.

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